Monday, April 1, 2013

DIY: raw edges, a braid and a bow

I'm so pleased with this loose knit sweater 

perfect when spring will finally sprung!

I had some leftover yarn from my husband's sweater.
The yarn wasn't enough to get me anywhere if knit it on its own, so I paired it with another cotton yarn in the same color scheme, and knitted with 6.5mm (10 US) needles.

But you might want to use this kind of edging around the collar to revamp an old sweater: the procedure is the same...

I choose to finish the collar with some linen (same I used the D&G dress) leaving the raw edges, and making long ties that allow a nice big bow on the back.

the how-to / tutorial

I edged the collar with a double crochet stitch.

Finishing a sweater with fabric around the collar can be done without too much trouble on any sweater...
Make sure to cut the opening that will be wide enough to let your head go through without stretching.
This is why you might want the split in the back, too.
Finish the collar of your sweater with a zig-zag stitch or a bias tape, then follow the step by-step instruction going forward:

I marked on a piece of paper the contour of the collar

and draw an outside line of 1-1/8" 

I folded my linen in half, pinned the pattern of my collar and pinned it all around

cut the linen for the collar, and cut in in the middle where I marked the back
(because this fabric frays so much, I left a 3/8" around that I'll trim once finish) 

I folded the linen diagonally and use my rotary cutter to cut two 20" long x 1-1/2" stripes  
I used the collar template again to mark with an erasable marker the  correct edges

bast in place, with the ties under the collar  

sew all around and around the ties, too
with the twin needles
the twin needles will stop thee fraying because of the zig-zag stitch from the bobbin thread 

pin the paper template over the collar and cut the excess

knit  sweater pattern:

This is the diagram for this sweater.
using 6.5mm (10 US) needles : 10 stitches x 10 rows = 3" x 2-1/2"

I casted on 71 stitches for the front, and 69 for the back, to balance the width with the braid in the  middle.

Total rows for the back: 97 + 4 tubular / decrease for the collar starts at row #91
Total rows for the front: 87 + 4 tubular / decrease for the collar starts at row #77

The back is slightly longer than the front, and I knitted the split sides with 4 stitches in 1:1 rib to avoid the stockinette "roll".

The sleeves are all stockinette - casted on 29 stitches and worked on 1:1 rib for 10 rows - 
Increase every 8 rows - total stitches at the top of the sleeves: 49.

xox, d.

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